False Logical Fallacies In Everyday Life

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Logical fallacies are part of everyday life, whether we notice them or not. Fallacies are the mistakes in our reasoning. One common fallacy is false analogy. In a false analogy, two objects, events or people that aren’t typically related, are shown to be similar. An example of this would be comparing object A to object B. If object A has property C, and object B has property C, objects A and B must be the same thing. An analogy fails when the two objects are different in a way which affects property C. False analogies present themselves in every aspect of daily life from slogans in advertisements to movies one watched as a child. Analogies are ubiquitous. One aspect of a common person's daily life is the use of technology. It is what wakes …show more content…
Donkey: Example?
Shrek: Example... uh... ogres are like onions!
Donkey: They stink?
Shrek: Yes... No!
Donkey: Oh, they make you cry?
Shrek: No!
Donkey: Oh, you leave 'em out in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin' little white hairs...
Shrek: NO! Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers... You get it? We both have layers.
Donkey: Oh, you both have LAYERS. Oh. You know, not everybody like onions. CAKE! Everybody loves cake! Cakes have layers!
Shrek: I don't care what everyone likes! Ogres are not like cakes.
Donkey: You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's get some parfait," they say, "Hell no, I don't like no parfait."? Parfaits are delicious!
Shrek: NO! You dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden! Ogres are like onions! End of story! Bye-bye! See ya later.
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The fallacy in the film was making is that “Onions stink and make others cry. Ogres stink and make others cry. Therefore ogres must be a onion.” Donkey goes onto saying that ogres are like cake because they both have layers. Cake and onions are not the same
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When talking to my best friend, frustrated over whatever assignments that must get done, I have been known to say, “I have so much homework to do! I am going to die!”. Just because I have a lot on my plate, doesn’t mean I am going to drop dead tomorrow. The stuff that needs to get done and death have nothing to do with each other, therefore it is a fallacy. False analogies advance writing and communication. By making the comparison between the two things, the reader can compare the two unlike things to have a deeper understanding of the context. False analogies compare two subjects that have enough in common to where they can be similar in an underlying message, but different enough to where they have the straightforward message of nothing in

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